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Little Rock native and former Missouri DT transferring to Arkansas

By: Richard Davenport Richard Davenport's Twitter account
Published: Sunday, April 25, 2021
An Arkansas Razorbacks football helmet sits on the field during a preseason practice on Sept. 15, 2020 in Fayetteville.
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An Arkansas Razorbacks football helmet sits on the field during a preseason practice on Sept. 15, 2020 in Fayetteville.

Former Little Rock Parkview and Missouri defensive tackle Markell Utsey plans to transfer to Arkansas.

Utsey, 6-4, 295 pounds, recorded 19 tackles, including 16 unassisted tackles and two tackles for loss for the Tigers last season.

In 2016 he signed with then-Missouri coach and current Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom. ESPN rated him a 3-star recruit.

Utsey entered the NCAA transfer portal on April 16 and is taking advantage of the NCAA allowing an extra year of eligibility because of the covid-19 pandemic.

He played in all 12 games as a redshirt junior, finishing with 9 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss. Utsey only played in three games the season before and was able to redshirt.

As a sophomore, he started six of 11 games for the Tigers, and had 6 tackles while playing in 7 games as a true freshman. Utsey made 40 tackles and 4 tackles for loss in 42 games at Missouri.

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